Hansal Mehta, a filmmaker, has stated that he tells stories that would be "forgotten with time" through his films. Hansal also stated in a new interview that he does not make films for box office success. Films are remembered for what they 'ultimately achieve as a piece of art and storytelling,' he added.
Hansal has directed many films, including Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000), Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai (2002), and Woodstock Villa (2004). (2008). With Shahid (2013), he received critical praise and won the National Film Award. Following City Lights (2014), he directed Aligarh (2016), Simran (2017), Omerta (2018), and Scam 1992. (2020).
In an interview, Hansal spoke about box office collections. “I have never been in that race. I don't make films for the weekend and I don't want to be in that zone. I want to make a film that will be remembered, a film that will chronicle our times. I wanted to make a film that will be a record of our times through the characters that I'm inventing. Otherwise, characters like Shahid and Faraaz will be forgotten chapters of our history."
"We wouldn't look back because they would be lost in the jingoism of the bigger and noisier people. The loudest voice will always be that which will be recorded in our history. And I see myself telling stories that will be lost over the course of time. And I make films for that. But hopefully, they will be remembered for a longer time. No film is truly remembered because of box office collections. They are remembered for what they ultimately achieve as a work of art and storytelling,” he added.
Faraaz, Hansal's most recent film, bases itself on the July 2016 terror attack on a bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Zahaan Kapoor plays Faraaz, and Aditya Rawal plays Nibras. Juhi Babbar and Aamir Ali also appear in the hostage drama. On February 3, the picture was released in a restricted capacity. Faraaz has backing from filmmaker Anubhav Sinha and T-Series, led by Bhushan Kumar.
Hansal is working on various projects, including the Netflix show Scoop. He is also working on a project with Kareena Kapoor. He also has the second season of SonyLIV's Scam.